Drought Monitoring in the Caribbean

It has been noted by the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) that many Caribbean countries are concerned about drought conditions, due to the dry weather experienced in January.

However, both the CDPMN  (in Express Newspaper dated 21.02.2017) and the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) (February to April 2017 newsletter) note that short-term and long-term  drought continues to be a concern in Cayman, with N.Belize, Cuba and Tobago having prevalent long-term drought from December 31 up to April. Yet, it should be noted that the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) notes,  in the Trinidad and Tobago Dry/Wet Spell Monitor  and Outlook  by End of April 2017, that concerns for impactful dryness by April are still reduced, with improvement for Tobago due to the slight strengthening of positive Standard Precipitation Indices (SPIs).

Nevertheless, even with near normal rainfall across Trinidad and Tobago, from February to April 2017, persons are still expected to practice proper water conservation and storage, in order to reduce the negative impacts of such conditions, since the reservoir levels may not optimally be replenished.